so we have a SBS 2008 server (physical)
We are soon moving servers to a nearby colo.... hopefully it will be offline <48 hours but worst case if something goes wrong, I think ALL the domain PC's will be useless... The colo offers colo/cloud mesh, so I was thinking maybe I could restore the server from a backup into a VM they provide, and run it from there until the physical server gets there (hopefully only 24/48 hours), then shutdown the VM and power the original machine back on.
I'm curious if there are any problems with this...
A. if we don't make changes to users/config - should it be OK that the real SBS server won't know what happened during the time it was running in a VM?
B. Im sure the windows licenses are tied to the hardware... Is it OK/feasible though to run it in a VM for just a couple days for stopgap measures? I would hope microsoft allows this sort of thing for these extenuating circumstances
C. If I can't do this - is there a way to "get by" for a few days on the other PC's? e.g. I think if there is a problem with domain server you can unplug PC's from network, login, and then plug back into network... is that right? And if so, could I also log in as domain administrator? Or only if I had logged in as domain admin before the SBS was down? And if I can, then could I temporarily change the DNS on the PC to a public DNS so it could atleast function at a basic level until SBS is back online?